Service Over Self, Inc.

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Service Over Self (SOS) exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed through urban home repair camps.

Mobilization - SOS provides opportunities for the Church to engage in ministry among people living in underserved neighborhoods.

Community Ministry - SOS provides leadership development opportunities for youth and critical home repairs for homeowners in our partner neighborhoods.

Equipping - SOS trains and equips servant leaders to care for those who are marginalized.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Service Over Self
2505 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112


Phone: (901) 681-9044


Organization details

EIN: 621760415

CEO/President: Mr. Philip Walkley

Chairman: Mr. Douglas Turner

Board size: 18

Founder: Christ Church in Memphis

Ruling year: 1999

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


All of our work is done with the gospel at the heart of our motivation. Jesus came to reconcile all things to himself (Colossians 1:20). That is, he came to set right all that has been broken by sin. Today, because of sin, we do not fully experience the Shalom with which God created the world. Through home repair and leadership development, SOS seeks to be a participant in restoring God's Kingdom on earth through proclaiming this good news to a hurting world.

Mission statement

SOS exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating639 of 102240 of 76
Fund acquisition rating361 of 102424 of 76
Resource allocation rating514 of 102434 of 76
Asset utilization rating889 of 102262 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$142,088$156,143$239,590$263,555$210,426
Short-term investments$393,686$384,958$377,045$221,221$215,320
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,093,028$1,151,850$1,217,069$1,082,821$502,339
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,452,247$2,563,650$2,570,701$2,626,476$2,719,980
Other long-term assets$0$0$6,500$58,101$0
Total long-term assets$2,452,247$2,563,650$2,577,201$2,684,577$2,719,980
Total assets$3,545,275$3,715,500$3,794,270$3,767,398$3,222,319
Payables and accrued expenses$33,756$54,479$51,289$87,196$30,601
Other current liabilities$9,550$48,625$8,500$0$38,270
Total current liabilities$43,306$103,104$59,789$87,196$68,871
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$43,306$103,104$59,789$87,196$68,871
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,973,146$3,073,795$3,091,374$3,135,116$3,153,448
With donor restrictions$528,823$538,601$643,107$545,086$0
Net assets$3,501,969$3,612,396$3,734,481$3,680,202$3,153,448
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$906,126$757,766$741,332$826,129$1,053,538
Program service revenue$89,215$600,053$649,959$618,726$631,504
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$144,089$14,241$30,455$42,311$25,156
Total other revenue$233,304$614,294$680,414$661,037$656,660
Total revenue$1,139,430$1,372,060$1,421,746$1,487,166$1,710,198
Program services$1,008,925$1,228,125$1,268,187$1,312,817$1,494,366
Management and general$189,061$209,971$195,040$190,799$189,772
Total expenses$1,249,857$1,494,145$1,517,496$1,556,934$1,740,128
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($110,427)($122,085)($95,750)($69,768)($29,930)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$150,029$51,436$0
Total change in net assets($110,427)($122,085)$54,279($18,332)($29,930)


Philip WalkleyExecutive Director$85,187

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/27/2022. To update the information below, please email:


In 1986 Christ Church in Memphis, TN launched SOS as a means to meet the needs of some of our city's most vulnerable homeowners. Since then, SOS has repaired more than 1,000 homes in Memphis with more than 25,000 volunteers.

Today SOS operates as its own independent 501(c)3 non-profit Christian organization. Our strategy involves focusing on specific neighborhoods and partnering with homeowners and organizations in those communities. We currently serve the Memphis neighborhoods of Binghampton, The Heights, and Orange Mound.

Through partnerships with other organizations and residents within the communities we serve, SOS is playing a vital role in the holistic Christian community development of these neighborhoods.

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